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Use anxiety to become empowered

It is important to me to take a moment to honor and acknowledge Indigenous People’s Day, which is newly recognized as a holiday within the United States. Empowering and listening to the voices of people who have been historically marginalized is important to me. If you share this value, you may want to take some time to listen to my conversation with Dr. Orlando Sanchez (Menders, episode 9).

Orlando, an indigenous psychologist, offers a powerful perspective on how we can create transformation in healthcare through tiny actions that honor our interdependence. And, he shares the most beautiful story about the actions of a hummingbird. I cry every time I hear him share this story. Trust me, you will not want to miss it!

I continue to reflect on how to best support healthcare changemakers in navigating the tension between creating a systemic response while also empowering their teams to take responsibility for creating change in their everyday workplace interactions. Going slow and staying committed to listening throughout this process is essential. As a client told me this week, “it’s tempting to jump to the quick fixes, but you create so much more change when you take the time to listen.”

As always, I welcome your thoughts on what has helped you navigate these challenges and what you and your team are struggling with. I am honored to share this space with you.

What’s new on Menders?

For Menders episode 27, I had the privilege to sit down and talk with Ramses Rodriguez, an anxiety master coach, who shared how we can learn to use anxiety as a tool when we allow ourselves to be 100% honest about how it’s serving us in our lives.

In this episode, Ramses shares his journey from nurse’s assistant to master coach and the life lessons he’s learned along the way. Ramses combines evidence-based practices with holistic healing and coaching strategies to help high-performing individuals experience freedom from panic.

In healthcare, particularly high-pressure leadership roles, we don’t always cut ourselves slack, take breaks, or set necessary boundaries. And as Ramses so clearly articulates, many of us experience overwhelming anxiety (or panic) that begins to dictate our actions and limit our ability to perform at a high level or to fully live the lives we want to enjoy.

As Ramses shares, anxiety is a red flag that is hard to miss and easy to respect and may just give us an easy out when we’re starting to violate our boundaries or values. But we can learn to use anxiety as a tool as we let go of its indirect benefits and begin to address our needs directly.

  • How Ramses has learned to hack his anxiety triggers by creating systems that help him set sustainable boundaries.

  • Why taking the time to acknowledge the role anxiety plays in our lives can have a powerful healing impact.

  • And what strategies boost personal productivity without sacrificing our well-being!

I hope this conversation inspires you to take an honest look at the challenges you may be experiencing and use any red flags of anxiety or panic to powerfully commit to self-care. When we take the time to honor and acknowledge our needs, we can create sustainable relationships and workplaces that allow us to care for and nourish ourselves and others.

My favorite quotable moment from this episode!

“I can set a boundary easily if my default physiological symptom is a boundary…and if [anxiety] were a tool, how do we leverage that? …It’s helping me fulfill a need for a boundary.”
“Think of the high performer. We need an out, this is an easy way where our body says, ‘No more.’”
Ramses Rodriguez (Menders, episode 27)

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Once plagued by panic attacks himself, Ramses Rodriguez now helps individuals suffering from panic and anxiety with science-based and holistic modalities. Ramses holds a Master of Science degree in Developmental Genetics and combines science theory and alternative therapies to help people become panic-free while keeping the career of their dreams.

Ramses has written two books in the genre of anxiety relief. In his first book Stop Pressing Your Own Panic Button, Ramses details the process he leads professionals through to achieve lasting relief from Panic Attacks. In his second book, The End of Writer's block, Ramses addresses the most effective tools for overcoming performance anxiety.

He now lives in Northern Virginia after starting the Panic Freedom Academy, LLC, where he coaches professionals on how to overcome panic attacks!

Download your free copy of Stop Pressing Your Own Panic Button here:

Be sure to sign up for the latest Mending Health Systems Masterclass on October 19th from 1130 - 1300 PST: Three mistakes that are costing your health system millions…and how to avoid them! We’ll be doing a deep dive into the true costs of burnout and turnover and problem-solving strategies to create real change now. Registration is live. I hope you can join us!

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